Tag Archives: IT Salary

Weekly recap: 2013 IT salary survey, tech trends for developers, and more…

EducationEvery week, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles focus on the 2013 salary survey, tech trends for developers, and more. I hope you find them useful:

Long term tech trends developers need to know
I particularly liked the author’s take on the mobile market in this article: “The mobile market is a merciless meat grinder, a never-ending battle for vendors, consumers, and developers.” He makes a great point. With all of the turnover in the mobile market, we can’t possibly know which platform or device will be popular in even two years time. Kind of makes native app development seem a little risky from a business standpoint… Continue reading

Weekly recap: 2012 IT salary survey, guide to responsive design, and more…

EducationEvery week, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles focus on the 2012 salary survey, responsive design, the rise in mobile usage, and more. I hope you find them useful:

Architecture agnosticism for application transformation
The big problem with cloud computing is the fact that many applications aren’t built for the cloud. Application architecture must allow for flexibility and portability, as also mentioned in this post. Continue reading

Weekly recap: 2012 IT salary survey, 6 things you should stop doing, and more…

EducationEvery week, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles focus on IT salaries, a few things IT departments should stop doing, Chrome extensions, and more. I hope you find them useful:

6 things your IT department should stop doing today
These days, IT departments play a vital role to the success of a business. The problem is, many IT departments are stuck handling time-wasting tasks that keep them from more important projects. While the article makes some good points, I’d like to add a thought to the 4th item: The “build-vs-buy” decision isn’t always cut and dried. I know of some IT departments who can build a solution faster than it would take to buy and install a pre-built solution. If you’d like to read more on the subject, this article goes into a little more detail. Continue reading

6 IT jobs that will pay well in 2012

EducationEvery so often, it’s good practice to look at which IT jobs are currently in high demand. It gives you a good idea of the latest and greatest trends, and tells you what types of technology other companies deem important.

An interesting side note: I’ve noticed a trend in these lists of popular IT jobs over the years: Java is usually mentioned. After so many years, why is Java still so popular in the business world? In my opinion, because it offers real, bottom-line benefits. For instance:

  • Java doesn’t tie you down: It’s an open platform that works with any back-end system.
  • Java applications are very portable: They easily move from one platform/OS to another.
  • Java is secure: It’s arguably the most secure language.

Tell me what company doesn’t want those things? In fact, the biggest complaint about Java is the long learning curve. Unless you use a tool like m-Power, learning and becoming productive with Java can take a year or two, which makes a good Java developer a high-priced commodity. Continue reading

2012 IT Salary Guide

EducationWant to hear some good news today? Based on the annual salary report from the Robert Half Company, IT salaries are headed upward going into next year. That’s not just a few business leaders giving their opinion, it’s based on a survey of over 1600 CIOs. See, I told you I had some good news.

As you read the Salary Guide, make sure you pay attention to which titles are receiving the highest boosts in salary. That should give you a good indication of what areas business leaders deem important going into 2012. Continue reading

2011 IT Skills and Salary Guide

EducationI recently read this interesting article on business lessons to take from Blockbuster’s demise. The article brought up a great point: This is a prime example of what happens when you stagnate. It doesn’t matter how great business is right now, how are you innovating for the future?

I think the lesson applies to both IT professionals and companies. If you’re an IT professional, how are you keeping your skills current? As a company, how are you keeping your business current? A great place to start: Staying on top of tech advancements. The best way to stay on top of tech advancements: Help your IT staff maintain current skills.

So, which skills are hot going into 2011? I recently ran across the 2011 IT Salary Guide, which not only lists estimated 2011 IT salaries, but also which skills command a higher salary. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an IT professional or a business, pay attention: Those are the skills that will keep you ahead.